Mayor of Dacorum
The Mayor of Dacorum for 2017-18: Councillor David Collins
The Mayor is the first citizen of the borough and is elected to the post by fellow councillors at the annual meeting of the council in May each year. The role of Mayor is a non-political position and during the mayoral year, a Mayor puts aside council duties to concentrate on the role as the town's first citizen.
In addition to chairing the Council meeting, the Mayor attends many different types of functions throughout the borough. These include representing the council at civic functions, receiving dignitaries, attending formal dinners and church services, opening events, talking to clubs and societies and visiting schools. On occasions, the Mayor hosts visits to the Mayor's Parlour from various groups or organisations. The Mayor also has a deputy to stand in if they are unavailable.
The Mayor's correct title is The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Dacorum. After formal introductions, speakers should refer to the Mayor as Mr Mayor.
The Mayor's charity for this year is the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted - further details can be obtained by contacting the Mayor's Office.
Councillor David Collins was born in Luton and grew up in the town. He's married to Elaine, whom he met when she came to work in Luton after completing her studies at the University of London. David and Elaine, who hails from Lincolnshire, are about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. After their daughter left home for university, the couple moved to Berkhamsted and now have two grandchildren.
During his working life, David spent more than 30 years developing small to medium-sized businesses in the management and consultancy sectors. In the mid 1980s he established his own consulting group advising on market conditions in a wide range of industries, from electronics to construction.
One of his companies won the Midlands Business of the Year Award. His consultancy clients ranged from international European and US-based majors, to encouraging new businesses in the area. Another of his companies was the UK’s leading distributor of connectors for use in a wide range of industries. Prior to establishing his own company he was a director and senior manager for companies operating in the oil, power and utility sectors.
David was first elected to Berkhamsted Town Council in 2007 and has been Town Mayor twice. He has been a school governor and is a member of the Chiltern Conservation Board. In 2011 he was elected to Dacorum Borough Council and until recently chaired the Development Management Committee. David’s wife, Elaine, a retired university lecturer and now a writer, was elected to Dacorum Borough Council in 2015.
David has been a member of Dacorum Citizens’ Advice Management Committee and is a long-time member of Berkhamsted Citizens' Association.
He believes that all of Dacorum benefits from its thriving charitable sector, and upholds the view that the tradition of supporting local, regional and global campaigns improves the lives of so many of those less fortunate.
During his mayoral year he wishes to focus on promoting Dacorum as a thriving community in which to do business. He is keen to encourage visitors to our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as Ashridge, our historical sites, such as Berkhamsted Castle and the Natural History Museum at Tring, as well as family activity centres such as the Snow Centre and XC in Hemel Hempstead.
David’s charity for his mayoral year is the Hospice of St Francis, which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its move to new purpose-built premises in Berkhamsted. David and his wife look forward to using the prestige of the mayoral office to generate much-needed funds for this very worthy cause.
Dacorum Borough Council
Mayor's Secretary: Jenny Barrett
Telephone: 01442 228202